The God-Hungry Glue

The God-Hungry Glue

Sunday, Nov. 2, was an unforgettable moment in the life of our new church. In our first preview service, we opened our Bibles and explored Mark’s Gospel. There, we met a broken man made whole by the power of Jesus (See 2:1-7). This outcast’s hopeless, depressing life was forever changed by the faith of his friends. Those four men still believed in miracles.

Indeed, this ancient picture of community causes our eyes to water and raises soul-deep questions:

What would it be like to have friends such as these?

Where are the people who would carry me along if I were crippled?

Where can I find true community?

The Gospel gives the answer.

The local church is the place where the lonely, the weary and the broken find hope, where second chances are in lifetime supply. As fragile human beings come together, confessing their struggles and sharing their pain, the most remarkable thing starts to happen–a God-hungry glue appears.  The church creates community in the most unlikely places, among unlikely people.

As weekly Storyline services launch in February, we see small groups forming and flourishing. These groups will gather in homes, and create the space for friendship. Small groups are where authentic relationships form, where people laugh and have fun, where a common hope in Christ is the glue.

I want to encourage you to read and re-read Mark 2:1-12. Ask yourself the questions listed above.

Consider carefully what true community looks like to you. What does God’s Word say it looks like?

Are you part of creating it?

Are you actively searching for it?

Would you like to be a part of the local church?

 

If you haven’t seen the whole sermon yet, you can watch it here.

Photo credit thedailyenglishshow.com.